I had a lovely synchronistic encounter at work today. A highly educated and very interesting 82-year-old man gave me some wonderful advice. Before he called, I was feeling a little low-energy and blue. When I got his call I wasn’t expecting to be feel so suddenly alert. I can only describe it like this, my”conversation spider senses” started tingling. I immediately intuited that this guy was going to have some important information to share with me. It felt like a scene straight from The Celestine Prophecy.
He quickly displayed vast knowledge of nutrition and the commercial food industry. I had the feeling that he was born to be a teacher. His speaking style was so professorial, and his voice so buttery smooth, that I couldn’t help but hang from his every word. It didn’t hurt that he was almost Socratic in his methods of teaching. When I complimented him on his knowledge he made comments like, “this wasn’t handed down to me from the mountain tops, feel free to double check what I tell you” and, “we must all be ever cognizant and ever diligent.”
My favorite of his comments was made in reference to being fed up with doctors after he returned from the Korean War. He was frustrated by the lack of actual health care this country and said that one day he realized what he had to do. He said that day I “started praying like it was all up to God, and started studying like it was all up to me.” I really loved that comment and told him so. He then told me, “you know there are only two things that make you what you are: what you EAT and what you THINK.”
By the end of the conversation he had given me five books to read and also his contact information should I wish to reach out to him for anything in the future. Our conversation not only provided me with the excitement I had been craving, but had expanded my mind to some new ideas. New possibilities…
To conclude, I think it is totally f*ed up that we tell children”never talk to strangers” but never stop to add, “every friend was once a stranger.” I have learned some amazing things from people I just met. The important thing is to listen to your intuitions, your instincts, about a new person.
Some people are only strangers because you haven’t met them yet.
This kid probably won’t get kidnapped. Just sayin…